2. Browse SHARE Waves

In this section, users can choose one of the currently released SHARE waves.


Using wave 1 as example, there are three tabs at the top of the subsequent page: Questionnaire Map (a), Variables and Datasets (b), and Documentation (c).

a) The tab Questionnaire Map represents the questionnaire level. After providing some general information on the specific wave (e.g. participating countries and fieldwork period) users can choose one of the questionnaire modules to receive a list of all questions that are included in the specific module.

Besides the generic version in English, you also have the opportunity to choose between the different language versions in the line above the question table (arrow 1). After choosing one specific question, there is also the possibility to choose "All Languages" which makes it easier to compare question text as well as the corresponding answer categories across languages in case there are country specific deviations as indicated by a "Y" in last column of the question table (arrow 2).

At the top of each questionnaire module page, you can generate a module-specific codebook in PDF format (arrow 3). The generated codebooks contain country-specific frequencies when choosing a specific language whereas the generic codebook contains frequencies including all participating countries of the respective wave.

The module routing is stored at the very end of each codebook. The "selection of respondents" is also shown ahead of each question in the codebook. Apart from the codebook, the routing can also be displayed using the "Show routing" tab right beneath the codebook option (arrow 3).

One main advantage of this feature is that filter questions are linked which makes it easier to retrace the routing steps. The "hover-over" function of the linked questions immediately shows question text and answer options. Therefor you simply move the mouse to the question you are interested in and wait for a short moment. Like shown in the screenshot above, question text and answer categories will pop up immediately.

b) The Variables and Datasets tab represents the variable level. By choosing one module beneath the "Variables" column, a list of all module-specific variables as well as their respective variable labels pops up.

Choosing a specific variable (below we use dn014_ as example) enables you to see the response categories as well as descriptive statistics both for all countries (first table) and for each country separately (tables below).
In case you wonder about the number of missing values for a specific variable please check the routing for this item as stored in the "Questionnaire Map".

c) The Documentation tab contains all wave-specific documentation files. The paper versions of the questionnaires used in the specific wave including main questionnaire, coverscreen, dropoff, showcards, vignettes (only waves 1 and 2) and the end-of-life questionnaires can be downloaded from the table both the generic version and the different language versions. Apart from the questionnaires you can also download additional documentation files like the release guide (which we recommend to read carefully before doing analysis with SHARE data) and methodology volumes.
Please note that the documentation files are only linked here and are thus not included in the search function of the SHARE Data & Documentation Tool.